Funerary / Cinerary Containers

Funerals and memorial art are not for the dead. They are for the survivors. Sooner or later we lose those we love, and all cultures have formalized ways of coping with death and supporting people in grief. Industries have grown up around this universal need. In the urgent moment, we make decisions shaped by cultural, economic and ecological factors. Some choose to have beloved parents, spouses, siblings, or companions cremated.

Time passes. The surviving receive a generic plastic box containing crushed gravel-like “cremains”. The funeral industry offers slightly more decorative sculptural containers for these ashes, often bland industrial objects. If thoughtfully handmade pottery jars appeal more, please take a look at the work of your favorite local potter. Ceramic jars can be definitively sealed with silicon caulk, or wait, lidded, until the time for dispersal of the ashes.

Most of the jars in this portfolio were made with thoughts about loss, survival, our place in the universe and the cyclic nature of things. For more description or explanation you are welcome to contact ksmurray88@gmail.com.

Funerary / Cinerary Containers